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green_globeGoing Green 

These days, everyone talks about "going green."  But that's not easy to do in a big city, on a campus built over forty years.  The Center's Board of Trustees recently convened a "Going Green Task Force" to address the many challenges and opportunities on our urban campus.

In recent years, we have raised student awareness by weighing our trash, issuing reuseable beverage bottles, holding an annual display of everyday green products, and planting gardens on our roof! 

Now we are researching ways to have a bigger impact.  Ways such as reusing the water that we pump from the high water table on which our campus sits.  And we're looking at the one roof without a playground to see if solar panels would work.

Going Green is here to stay.  And so is this web page.  So stop here often to find out how The Center takes seriously its responsibility to our environment.  And while you're at it, give us your suggestions for greening CEE's campus.

 

 

The Center Recognized as High Performance School

The Center was recently recognized as an “Operations Report Card High Performance School” by the Sacramento-based Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). We scored above 70 (out of 100) in all five categories on the Operations Report Card (ORC), a reporting program used to collect information about the performance of our campus buildings.

“The Center for Early Education has demonstrated that they are committed to maintaining a high quality learning environment that is healthy, energy efficient, well-lit, and comfortable,” said Bill Orr, Executive Director at CHPS. “By scoring a 70 or higher in all five categories The Center has set a precedent of what all existing schools should strive to become.”

The CHPS Operations Report Card is an online tool that enables schools and districts to measure the performance of their campus while identifying areas for improvement. The ORC provides schools with a simple, understandable score to communicate where their school stands on the spectrum of building performance. Schools submit information, measurements, and survey results, and are scored on a 100-point scale in indoor air quality, acoustics, lighting, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency.

While the distinction is cause for celebration, it’s really just the beginning of our efforts to improve sustainability. “The ORC establishes a baseline from which to measure future endeavors,” said Karen Illig, Director of Finance. “Now, when we complete a capital project, we can take new measurements and quantify the impact.”

“Right away, we recognized the ORC to be a valuable tool for our campus in both day-to-day operations and long term sustainability goals,” said Matt Riddle, Lead Facilities Manager. “Now our buildings have a report card, too! What a great thing for the kids to see and what a strong tool for our teachers to work into the curriculum.”

CHPS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, works to make schools a better place to learn. For more information, visit www.chps.net.

Read the official press release from CHPS here.

Posted by Brooks.Heintzelman on Monday April, 23, 2012 at 02:50PM

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